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Skin on Her Face

Many children do not like to be left alone at bedtime. One such little girl wanted her mother to stay with her. "You've got your doll," said her mother. "Your doll will keep you company." "When I'm lonely," the child sobbed, "a doll is no good to me. I want someone with skin on her face." Objects are sometimes not as good as real people. Jesus also knew this and so used personal example teaching with children. On one occasion, in the middle of an argument between his disciples, he astonished them by bringing a little child into their midst in Matthew 18.2-5 and pointed out, "Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Great Christian Examples

I am not suggesting that the Sunday School teacher bring the best behaved girl out to the front of the class and tell the rest to conduct themselves like her. We can however hold up the lives of extra-ordinary Christian men and women as personal examples to illustrate some excellence in them that stems from their relationship to God through Jesus. You might like to relate the adventures of David Livingstone, (1813-1873) a Scottish pioneer medical missionary in Africa, or Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) whose rough brown tattered robe still hangs in a glass frame inside the door of the house where he grew up. Though the buildings and chapel and town of Assissi were beautiful, the one thing that I remember most from that trip was the tattered brown patched robe behind the door. Saint Francis, by the way, arranged for the first live Christmas nativity scene.

Mother Teresa

More recently, Mother Teresa, (1910-1997) dedicated her life to helping the poor and dying in Calcutta, India, and Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983) who was a Dutch watchmaker and helped many Jews escape the Nazi holocaust during the Second World War. These are both outstanding personal stories on how God worked in the past and is still working today. These biographies often contain miraculous events, and in the earthly life of Jesus we find the same kind or events as he performed miracles in order to explain some truth about God.

"Personal Example Teaching"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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